Washington Nationals: 5 Second-Half Expectations for Bryce Harper

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Washington Nationals: 5 Second-Half Expectations for Bryce Harper
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Six months ago you might not have known his name.  Now, you’re probably sick of hearing it. 

While the Washington Nationals have seemingly milked 19-year-old superstar Bryce Harper for all he’s worth, the team should still have high expectations for him in the second half of the season.

When Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was forced to pull out of the 2012 All-Star Game due to knee surgery, Harper was selected as his replacement (ESPN).  With that selection, Harper became the youngest position player to ever appear in the MLB All-Star Game.

Washington has relied heavily on Harper’s services so far this season. 

As a team, the Nationals have struggled offensively, yet Harper has been one of the team’s most productive hitters.  He has also seamlessly stepped into the Nationals’ starting outfield and, luckily for Washington fans, Harper’s biggest blunder of the year came in the All-Star Game rather than a regular season contest.

Teams should be playing their best baseball late in the season.  With all Harper has done in his first 67 games, he still needs to do more if his team wants to remain playoff contenders.  This article will highlight five expectations the Washington Nationals have for Harper in the second half of the season.

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